Batesville will be the place to be during what's being called "the Great North American Eclipse." Every corner of Independence County will be in the path of totality, which will run from southwest to northeast. The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce acts as the centralized event information hub. Stay tuned for more information, and don't just get left in the dark on April 8, 2024.

The eclipse will begin on Monday, April 8, at 12:36 p.m. Totality will begin at 1:53 and end at 1:57 p.m., lasting 4 minutes and 2 seconds. The partial eclipse will end at 3:13 p.m. Thousands of additional visitors are expected in the area. 

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Things to keep in mind:
  • Visitors will begin filtering into our city a few days early.
  • Driving around town may be difficult — consider this when planning your commute, making doctor appointments, picking up prescriptions, etc.
  • Stock up on groceries, gas, and cash.
  • Local schools will be closed on April 8.
  • Cell phone and internet capabilities may be interrupted.
  • When watching the eclipse, you will need special Eclipse Viewing glasses. They must be ISO 12312-2 certified. Sunglasses and welding visors are not adequately safe.

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Don't Get Left in the Dark

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, 2024, bringing thousands of visitors with it. The Batesville area is located within a narrow path of totality. What is totality? The sky suddenly darkens when the moon completely hides the sun, and the magnificent solar corona bursts into view. It will begin at 1:53 pm and last 4 minutes and 2.2 seconds, but it is preceded and followed by partial phases that last more than an hour as the moon slowly covers, then uncovers the sun. 

If you have questions or would like more information about how to plan for the coming eclipse, please contact the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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